As most people know haunted houses are one of my favorite attractions to attend every October. After a very rainy trip to Salem, Massachusetts I decided to stop by a random haunt on my way to NYC. This photo was captured after exiting the Dark Manor haunted attraction in Norwich, CT.
Goosebumps, a wildly popular children's book series in the nineties, revolves around horror themed tales with pre-teens as the main protagonists. The books cover everything from ghosts, monsters, and even a sinister ventriloquist dummy. Like most things aimed at children, a plethora of Goosebumps related tie-in products existed; Toys, video games, even birthday party supplies. As a kid I wanted to get my hands on as much of this stuff as possible. Anything I didn't get as a kid I've since hunted for as an adult. A few years back on my birthday I was fortunate to have been gifted one of their board games. I was so stoked as I had no clue this game existed. Like most collectors I've kept it in it's original packaging in attempt to keep it as pristine as possible. Finally giving in, I said 'F-it", opened it and boy, was it worth it.
I just returned from a short-but-relaxing trip to LA. Before heading out, I looked into a few places I wanted to visit, trying to pick out the most fun and least touristy options. On that list was "The Museum of Death."
When it comes to the Haunt season, one of the best theme park events has to be Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. Each year they license horror franchises and characters creating some of the best haunted attractions on the planet. They certainly know how to set the tone and atmosphere for the season. I recently got back from visiting the park (in Orlando) as it celebrates its 26th year. As always, it delivered the goods and I was not disappointed.. If you plan on visiting this season, you should probably stop reading now; as I'll be spoiling some of the attractions. You've been warned!
With the recent debut of the new King Kong attraction at Universal Studio's Islands of Adventure and the release of a trailer for a new film; I figured now was as good a time as any to write about one of my favorite (extinct) rides of all time, Kongfrontation.
As a huge fan of haunts, I'm always looking up new attractions to visit during the spookiest time of the year. Rarely do I come across ones that are open year round and worth my time and energy. From my experience they usually fall flat and are obviously geared towards tourists instead of a haunt enthusiast like myself. Luckily, with enough digging you can find a gem from time to time, and Escape The Dark is that gem!
BBQ Films is an event production company that specializes in bringing classic films to life in the form of a giant party. Most of their events are topped off with the film being screened and several characters being recreated for photo ops and unique experiences. Unfortunately I missed a few of their past events, but was lucky to finally attend the latest... Ghostbusters HQ!
I don't consider myself a photographer or anything, but taking pictures is something I enjoy doing. Whenever I visit a fun place or something random catches my eye, I'll snap a photo. I'll run it through different apps and edit it to look like vintage photography from the 80's/90's (It's an aesthetic I love) and post it on Instagram.
I'm a huge fan of anthology television (It inspired my web-series Holidays of Terror). I love being able to sit down and watch a story unfold in front of me for 30 minutes, not having to commit to seasons worth of binge watching. I'm able to bounce around episodes, skipping the lame ones and going straight to the good stuff. In this ongoing series I'll delve into my favorite anthology shows. Also, occasionally I'll cheat and review episodes from series that run an hour long; but hey, those still count!
In 1997, Six Flags Great Adventure's "Batman & Robin: The Chiller" opened to the public in conjunction with the release of the film. Unfortunately, as a prototype, the coaster had a ton of issues its first run, so it didn't open full-time until 1998. The coaster, which was a "dual launching coaster" also featured elements themed around its main villain Mr. Freeze, hence "The Chiller" being added to the attraction's name.
Located at Disney's Magic Kingdom, in their "Tommorowland" area, the attraction ran from 1995 - 2003. The premise of the ride is: you're a guest at the "Tomorrowland Interplanetary Convention Center" for a conference demonstrating new technology from the company "X-S Tech." After a Robot named "S.I.R" demonstrates the company's new teleportation device on a cute little alien, you're led into a large chamber-like conference room.
In keeping with the Halloween Spirit, here is fun mix of songs and movie clips we put together. If you went to a party with Demon at Camp Crystal Lake, this would most likely be the Party Mix played in the car on the way there!
When it comes to the month of October/Halloween season, I tend to go all out with haunted attractions. I try and visit several every year. Some are hit and miss, but they are always a good time. On top of my list has to be Dorney Park's Halloween Haunt. I've visited the park a handful of times in my life (generally during the Haunt season) and every year it gets bigger and better.